What does tough mean?

Definitions for tough
tʌftough

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tough.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, toughnoun

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armernoun

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobboadjective

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  4. toughadjective

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

  5. rugged, toughadjective

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

  6. tough, toughenedadjective

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

  7. sturdy, toughadjective

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

  8. ruffianly, toughadjective

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

  9. bad, toughadjective

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  10. toughadjective

    resistant to cutting or chewing

  11. hard, toughadjective

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, toughadjective

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Wiktionary

  1. toughnoun

    A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.

    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

  2. toughverb

    To endure.

  3. toughverb

    To toughen.

  4. toughadjective

    strong and resilient; sturdy

    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.

  5. toughadjective

    difficult to cut or chew

    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.

  6. toughadjective

    rugged or physically hardy

    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.

  7. toughadjective

    Stubborn.

    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.

  8. toughadjective

    harsh or severe

  9. toughadjective

    rowdy or rough.

    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.

  10. toughadjective

    difficult or demanding

    This is a tough crowd.

  11. toughadjective

    Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.

  12. Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tough

    having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough

  2. Tough

    not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews

  3. Tough

    not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm

  4. Tough

    stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow

  5. Tough

    severe; violent; as, a tough storm

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tough

    tuf, adj. not easily broken: firm: stiff, viscous, sticky: stubborn, hard to manage, trying: violent: tenacious: able to endure hardship.—n. a rough, a bully.—v.t. or v.i. Tough′en, to make or become tough.—adj. Tough′ish, rather tough.—adv. Tough′ly.—n. Tough′ness. [A.S. tóh; cog. with Ger. zähe.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tough in a Sentence

  1. State John Kerry:

    So we made progress but we have some tough issues to get over.

  2. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble:

    Without a program, things will be tough for Greece. I wouldn't know how financial markets will handle it without a program -- but maybe he knows better.

  3. Robert Menendez:

    However, we will continue to carry out our duties as laid out in the Constitution, including providing advice and consent on nominees, asking tough questions on policy decisions, as well as actions taken at State Department, high level temper tantrums will not stop House Oversight Committee from conducting our oversight responsibilities.

  4. Mom Amy:

    My favorite state has to be Oregon. Its so beautiful, the coast is amazing. We just spent Christmas in Joshua Tree and luckily Santa Claus found Payson there. at first it was hard, Im a clean person and was used to showering at least once a day. It used to stress me out when Payson got dirty but she doesnt need to have a bath every single day, Amy revealed. Shes perfectly healthy and if she is dirty I just wash her down with a warm soapy cloth at night if we arent hooked up to water. Its hard sometimes not to have service everywhere we go. I need to be connected to WIFI for the part time work I do, and if theres no service it can be really tough, she continued. Derek added :.

  5. Benjamin Pavard:

    We are ready for Peru, even if we know that it's going to be a tough game. They are fast and lively, they will have a huge desire to win after losing their first game so it won't be easy.

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